Rune (8823) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Deep mahogany body topped with an off-white, creamy head - most of it diminishing, but you can always stir it up in the galss. Aroma of dark fruit and mushrooms. Complex flavours of dark chocolate, roasted grain, black coffee and chesnuts. Long lasting aniseed in the finish. Full bodied. The alcohol is very well integrated in the brew. A very good beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown coloured with an average off-white head. Sweet yeasty alcoholic aroma with some coffee roasted dark fruity hints. Full body, creamy with a sweet alcoholic touch. Finish is bitter sweet, alcoholic with some slight fruity touches. I prefer the 8 with the more balanced alcohol-palate. But this is also a very good one.
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Blind Quad 07 tasting. 330 ml. bottle. This was near the end of our tasting and I was feeling a bit disapointed, but one whiff of this and I was like a kid bouncing up and down on my stool. Just a perfect aroma so big and so many complexities. Just pouring off the top: toasted, toffee, brown sugar, oak cherry, port, grape, rasins, nutty, bready dough, the others didnít compare. Rasin colored, nice sized beige head and good lacing. Many of the same complexities come out in the flavor, lightly sweet lots of rasins, plums, brown sugar, dried fruit, currants .... syruppy texture and a little fizzy. A delicioius long finish with a little alcohol. Wow. We all agreed, definitely the best abt/quad in the line up, better than St. B and Westy 12. damn fine beer. 10/5/9/4/19 = 4.7
rated on 1/22/07-------
330 ml. pours dark reddish brown color. A large array of aromas come out, raisins, plums, berries, carmel, sugars, and spice. It hits your tounge and covers your whole palate with a medium body and nice carbonation then the flavors of raisins, plums, currants, carmel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. This is a very complex brew that the longer you think about it, the more you realize the delicate and balanced flavors of it. 4.8 rated on 8/2/06
Iíve had this one many times over the years. It doesnít hold the sway it once did with me. That aroma s still amazing, but it can be a little boozy at times. The booze can make the flavors/malts fall apart some. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer. Still one of my tops. 9/5/8/4/17
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 Consumed at about 65F. Dark brown murky color with sediment floating around. Bubbly light tan head that lasted to the end. Aroma is complex and on the light side. I think I smell sweet malts, cherries, grapes, cinnamon, other spices and alcohol. The flavor is really silky smooth with melded flavors making it difficult to distinguish. There are spice flavors, beat sugar, sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very complex, mix of aromas continued to come out, roasty, toffee like scents. Clear yet very dark almost opaque, deep red brown color. Very intense flavor sweet yet bitter at the same time, long lasting. Same on the palate, dry yet creamy, soft and enjoyable carbonation. Very intense and delicious.
Theaxe (3) - Zemst, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What else can I say about this beer that hasnt been said already? I have had the pleasure of trying this beer on two different occasions and it was excellent. The aroma is yeasty, doughy, a little eartiness to it. The flavors are dark fruits, sugars, and just the smallest bit of alcohol. I could hardly even taste the alcohol in it (ecspecially at 10%). My only downfall with this beer, while I dont even think it is a downfall...is that it is almost too balanced (if there is such a thing). I like a little more aggressive taste to my beers. Its almost hard to pick out the different levelsd of this beer because it is so complex and wonderfully balanced in every aspect.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a lot to live up to with all the positive comment I have read.
Looks great in the glass, a deep dark liquid with creamy head and tiny bubbles working their way up the sides.
Aroma is hard to pinpoint, a mix of nutty, fruity, honey-y, coffee shop aromas.
Fantastic in the mouth, excellent creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, yet bitter and alcoholic.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 aroma is plesant, lightly toasted with plum/date and chocolate. It pours murky dark brown in color with an light brown creamy head, Flavor is full bodied, chocolate and fruit with coffee undertones, well balanced, dry and creamy mouth feel and a bit of an alcohol in the finish. I find myself craving this often, overall my favorite beer ever, too bad its $7.00 a bottle.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge bubbly and frothy head--nice dark brown caramel color. Strong sweet aromas of dried fruit: raisins, plums, dates, as well as molasses, caramel, dark roasted grains and malt. The alcohol was present in the aroma, in the form of a red-wine-like sweetness. The flavors were completely overwhelming: sweet malt, dark roasted grains, dried fruits (cherries, plums, raisins, blueberries) as well as fresh apple and pear notes. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavors, especially in the finish, but the beer as a whole is so sweet and complex that this doesnít take away from the experience. A perfect amount of carbonation as well as a nice smooth and sweet mouthfeel that isnít too syrupy. Overall an amazing experience, definitely the greatest (accessible) beer of its kind.
ogivlado (6100) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled(330ml). -very complex brew but for me Rochefort 8 is better. Chocolate licorice nose, malty toffee and chocolate aroma with smoked notes. Syrupy and alcohol finish with little sediment on the bottom.